Actor turned nurse steps onto his biggest stage yet

February 15, 2021

Salvatore Mitsou walking after being pinned from the ABSN program

As a trained actor, Salvatore Mitsou `19 brought empathy and insight into the human condition to every part he played. These tools continue to serve him well as a medical-surgical nurse at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut.

Mitsou fosters a connection with every patient he treats, and that goes beyond administering medications or oxygen.

“I’ll find out what kind of music they like or who their favorite sports teams are, and relay that in my reports,” he said.

Mitsou is a natural on his new stage, although it took a while to find it. After seven years and countless auditions in New York City, he longed for a different kind of role.

“I believe in applying yourself where you are needed,” Mitsou said. “With our current nursing shortage, I thought I could be of assistance to a noble work force.”

Mitsou enrolled in Quinnipiac’s Accelerated BSN program. He knew that the 12-month program would be intensive, but it would allow him to break into the field as soon as possible. He completed rotations in Middlesex, Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and also worked as a home visiting nurse.

“It's all about the effort you put in,” Mitsou said. “I worked hard and tried to learn as much as possible.”

Today, Mitsou works on a surgical floor caring for patients recovering from a range of procedures. Each day brings new and exciting challenges.

“Roles come and go,” Mitsou said. “My new career is everything that I thought it would be.”

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